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JVC Everio GZ-MG30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and zoom. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the price and image quality are mixed. Some have doubts about the finish and connectivity.

usability, portability, size, zoom, design

battery, viewfinder, connectivity, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC Everio GZ-MG30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and image quality. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the zoom and viewfinder get negative comments.

usability, portability, size, image quality, durability

price, battery, viewfinder, zoom

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of JVC Everio GZ-MG30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the durability and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the finish and viewfinder.

portability, usability, price, size, durability

image quality, viewfinder, finish

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Tony Gomez (cnet.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG300 review: JVC Everio GZ-MG300

 

JVC Everio GZ-MG300

Attractive price; compact design; holds hours of video.

No eye-level viewfinder, mic input, or headphone jack; persistent video compression artifacts.

The near-identical models of the JVC Everio GZ-MG300 series--the MG330, MG335, MG360 and MG365--are budget-priced, hard-drive-based camcorders that are nice enough, but produce typical low-budget video.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

 

Until this image quality gets better and the price comes down, leave the hard-drive camcorders for the early adopters.

Great size. Very usable menu system.

Too expensive given its mediocre video quality. Compatibility issues with video-editing tools.

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Oct, 2005

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com)

Image quality

 

JVC Everio GZ-MG30U

Stores tons of video; excellent zoom reach; very small.

Terrible battery life; mediocre video quality; grainy low-light footage; requires a computer or stand-alone DVD burner.

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG30U's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

If I were to compile a list of man's greatest follies (the Top 10, or so) there would surely be a large bag from which to choose. Who knows? Maybe the GZ-MG30 wouldn't even make the list. But trust me, this camcorder is somewhere in that bag. You'll do...

Recording Capacity, -Optical Zoom Specs

Video Performance, -Low Light, -Still Performance

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

JVC GZ-MG30 Camcorder Review - HDD

 

The JVC Everio Series is banking on the future of camcorders. Most manufacturers have begun to move towards non-tape recording, but JVC has taken the biggest step into the consumer market. The GZ-MG30 represents one of four models in the G Series....

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Tony Gomez (cnet.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-MG300 review: JVC Everio GZ-MG300

 

JVC Everio GZ-MG300

Attractive price; compact design; holds hours of video.

No eye-level viewfinder, mic input, or headphone jack; persistent video compression artifacts.

The near-identical models of the JVC Everio GZ-MG300 series--the MG330, MG335, MG360 and MG365--are budget-priced, hard-drive-based camcorders that are nice enough, but produce typical low-budget video.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Tony Gomez (cnet.co.uk)

JVC Everio GZ-MG300 review

 

With long recording times and convenient operation, hard-disk-based camcorders are quite tempting, especially when coupled with the relatively low prices for standard-definition models. That's true of the lowest-end camcorders in JVC's veteran Everio G...

Attractive price; compact design; holds hours of video.

No eye-level viewfinder, mic input, or headphone jack; persistent video compression artifacts.

The near-identical models of the JVC Everio GZ-MG300 series--the MG330, MG335, MG360 and MG365--are budget-priced, hard-drive-based camcorders that are nice enough, but produce typical low-budget video.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Denny Atkin (cnet.com.au)

JVC Everio GZ-MG30

 

Though the short battery life and mediocre image quality are frustrating, the JVC Everio GZ-MG30's amazing recording capacity and tiny size still make it an enticing device.

Stores tons of video ; Excellent zoom reach ; Very small

Terrible battery life ; Mediocre video quality ; Grainy low-light footage ; Requires a computer or stand-alone DVD burner

Still-image quality is terrible. The VGA resolution images lack detail and are grainy no matter what the lighting conditions.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review (cnet.com)

Camcorder Only Records For One Second

 

The camcorder is defective. It will only record for 1 second, and then it stops recording. I bought it new, and I haven't been able to make one video with it yet, because it will only record for one second, and then it stops recording, so all I get are...

Easy To Hold and Handle

The camcorder is defective. It will only record for 1 second, and then it stops recording.

Dec, 2013

Consumer review (epinions.com)

JVC Hard drive camcorder, so far so good

 

Great zoom (optical and digital). Great battery life. Easy to download and view.

Color could be a little bit better,

Feb, 2006
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